(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: April 12, 2015
The Bar's Original Name Was: Mandala Lounge
38th Floor Bar Address: 38 E 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403
Originally known as Mandala Lounge, 38th Floor Bar was a bar in San Mateo, California that was originally featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue.
Though the 38th Floor Bar Rescue episode aired in April 2015, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 4 Episode 20 and the episode name was “Mandala Down”.
Mandala Lounge got its original start back in 2007, when Greg Hawkins first launched the bar.
Originally, it was a success and Mandala Lounge was one of the few high-quality cocktail bars in San Mateo, California.
However, the economic crash in 2008 did a number on Mandala Lounge, and Greg went from pulling in $60,000 per month to just $24,000.
That fall in revenue led to the bar running a deficit and Greg starting to rack up debt.
To fix the problem, Greg called in Jon Taffer and the Bar Rescue team for some help.
To see how the bar was doing, Jon sent in Mia Mastroianni, a cocktail expert.
She discovered that the bar was abandoned and had a bland, boring design.
She was left wondering why any young people would want to go to Mandala Lounge.
Greg, along with his wife Carin, also weren’t being great owners, and were negatively speaking to the bar tenders.
Greg also showed some sexism, saying that hot women shouldn’t be bartenders because they can’t do the job as well as men, which obviously pissed off Mia.
As a result, Jon got into one of his trademark screaming matches with Greg.
He also laid down the law when it comes to cleaning the bar.
Once Jon showed who was boss, he set about relaunching Mandala Lounge with a new name – 38th Floor Bar – as well as a new design, fresh drink menu, and a completely retrained staff.
38th Floor Bar Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the 38th Floor Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left San Mateo, CA.
Originally, it seemed like the new 38th Floor Bar was a success.
Greg and 38th Floor Bar made a second appearance on Bar Rescue in the Back to the Bar special.
In that special, Greg said that the bar’s sales were up 40%, which was allowing him to slowly chip away at the bar’s debt.
However, it seemed like that momentum wasn’t sustainable…
Is 38th Floor Bar still open?
Sadly, Greg eventually had to close the bar in April 2016.
To go out with a bang, the bar hosted big events on April 29th and 30th.
In April, Greg Hawkins also posted about the closing on Facebook.
While he thanked Jon Taffer and the Bar Rescue team for their help, Greg said that the changes weren’t able to overcome the bar’s debt burden, along with months of declining sales.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get screenshots because the Facebook page is now deleted.
So – while 38th Floor Bar’s rescue was originally a success, 38th Floor Bar is now officially closed.
As of late 2021, the old 38th Floor Bar San Mateo location remains empty and still has some of the 38th Floor Bar signage out front.
If anything changes, I will update this post.
Below, you can see an image of the Google Street View from November 2021:
If you live in San Mateo and you know anything about a bar moving into that location, please let me know in the comments.
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Last updated: 2022-10-18 07:09